SNK sidesteps Steam to bring bloody swordfights to Epic Games Store later this spring.
When the yet to be released PC version of SNK’s Samurai Shodown reboot was announced last year, it seemed safe to assume it would be making its way to Steam. After all, SNK has ported most of their modern fighters to the platform, including the phenomenal King of Fighters XIV and the forgettable SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. So having the latest entry in the company’s fan-favorite weapons-based fighting franchise find its way to Steam seemed like a no-brainer. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case. An Epic Games Store Spring 2020 Update trailer that published earlier today has revealed that the game will instead be making its way to Valve’s controversial competitor as an Epic Games Store exclusive.
You can find the full Epic Games Store Spring 2020 Update trailer below:
It’s hard to understand SNK’s reasoning for choosing to go with Epic’s service over Steam. Given the relatively new digital distribution platform’s significantly smaller userbase than that of its competitor, this news is sure to come as a letdown for fans of the series who were hoping to climb the online rankings on PC. Here’s hoping the game does manage to find a foothold and build a robust community when it releases on PC later this spring because it’s an absolute gem of a game.
SNK recently announced the characters that will be available as part of Samurai Shodown’s second season DLC, including Iroha, Sogetsu, and Mina. An additional, as of yet unknown character, will also be released later in the season.
In case you missed it when we covered the game last summer, you can read my full review of the PS4 version of Samurai Shodown here or check out the video review in the embed above.
What are your thoughts on Samurai Shodown being an Epic Games Store exclusive? Will that stop you from taking your feudal duels to the PC altogether? Be sure to let us know in the comments section.